February 2017

Campus of the future. President Michael V. Drake announced a grand framework plan to help strengthen Ohio State's position as a national flagship public research university. Designed to allow for modification based on strategy over the next decade and beyond, Framework 2.0 imagines transformational research and learning environments while maintaining and improving green areas across campus.

Innovation fast lane. Research to develop safe and smart autonomous cars got a big boost with a $45 million commitment to expand the university-affiliated Transportation Research Center. The funds, announced by Drake and Ohio Governor John Kasich at Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research, support a larger goal of modernizing the state's economy and workforce. The College of Engineering, meanwhile, committed $24 million to further support autonomous vehicle technology research.

Smart partnership. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther visited Ohio State's campus to celebrate a national championship-type victory for the future of transportation. The city, with the university as its lead research partner, won the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge, beating out 77 cities across the nation to help develop model innovative transportation strategies.

National honor. An Ohio State faculty member received the highest honor awarded by the U.S. government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. Shayne Piasta of the College of Education and Human Ecology is one of two education scientists to be honored. Her research focuses on helping kids reduce opportunity gaps in school.

Top 10 — again. Ohio State's online programs are among the nation's best, with the College of Nursing online graduate programs ranked third — up one spot since last year, according to U.S. News & World Report — while the university’s online bachelor’s degree offerings ranked eighth. Meanwhile, Ohio State is eighth for students studying abroad, the third year in a row for a top 10 ranking.